should be an easy one

  bumpkin 18:41 PM 29 Feb 12

Hi, just want to format C drive and reinstall the OS which is XP PRO. Seems there are different ways.

Help please


  KRONOS the First 18:46 PM 29 Feb 12

Change the boot order in the bios to CD/DVD then boot fro your XP disk and follow the prompts. Make sure you have all your Motherboard drivers etc before hand you can also download and burn XP SP3 or even slipstream it into your XP disk.

  bumpkin 19:54 PM 29 Feb 12

This came O/S installed so I not have a disk. I can do this from another XP disk but I would like to use the correct license number for this machine. Can someone tell me how to find this please before I proceed.


  onthelimit1 20:04 PM 29 Feb 12

This may help

magical jelly bean

  birdface 20:18 PM 29 Feb 12

Usually a COA sticker on the back or side of computer with the keycode on it.

If a laptop usually underneath it.

  KRONOS the First 20:40 PM 29 Feb 12

This is an excellent bit of software, will pull a product code from any attached hard-drives. Produkey.

  lotvic 20:45 PM 29 Feb 12

What is the make and model of your pc?

You may have a hidden 'restore to factory fresh' partition which would be far easier and as XP came pre-installed it would have been activated at the factory. This will be preserved if you use the 'restore to factory fresh'.

The key installed on your pc will be the pre-activated key (known as a SLP product key) and cannot be used (it won't work) for a fresh install from a CD/DVD. For that you have to use the key on the sticker on the case and then phone MS to activate.

For reinstall guidance, browse the guides on it has screenshots.

  MAJ 21:05 PM 29 Feb 12

Don't forget to backup all your personal files and pictures before the reinstall. If you post the make and model of your computer we could probably help further.

  bumpkin 21:54 PM 29 Feb 12

Thanks to all, lots of options, will let you know the outcome.


  bumpkin 15:58 PM 01 Mar 12

Hi again, the COA sticker is missing but I think it did have one when new. Jelly bean gives me a 25 digit code that it calls "CD Key" I have done this before a long time back on another PC but cannot remember exactly. As I recall, start from a CD and at some stage there is an option to select or enter "R". This is not the "Restore Console" which should not be used.

Restore to factory would be ideal if it exists and I can access it. Do not know the make, motherboard is ASUS P5 VD2-MXSE if that is relevant.

I will clone the drive to another HDD and disconnect it in case anything goes horribly wrong.


  birdface 16:09 PM 01 Mar 12

If you had a factory reset on your computer it would show up when opening my computer.and would be near the C Drive with about 30 Gb on it.

Just trying to remember I think mine showed as D Drive.


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